Bad day in Government beats best in Opposition

Prime Minister John Key gave a very strong message  at Ratana yesterday:

“I say to the critics what can you achieve from opposition, and the answer is nothing. You achieve things when you are part of the solution not when you are solely carping on about the problems,”

It was directed at Maori Party MP Hone Harawira but could also apply to the Ratana church which traditionally supports Labour.

The links between the Ratana movement and Labour go back a long way. But that isn’t necessarily the best way to operate now, especially under MMP when smaller parties can have greater influence.

Governments work with all sorts of groups irrespective of their political allegiance. But non-political groups which support one party risk being taken for granted by that party and are less likely to achieve much when that party isn’t in power.

It’s a well worn political phrase that a bad day in Government beats the best in Opposition. That’s where the power lies and where the ability to make positive changes.

It’s better for minor parties to achieve some of their aims in Government even if they don’t support all its policies than to achieve nothing in Opposition.

It’s better for groups other than political parties to keep their options open and work with those in power to advance their cause.

3 Responses to Bad day in Government beats best in Opposition

  1. scrubone says:

    I don’t know what’s sillier – that the Ratana church swings in behind a political party, or that political parties pay homage.

    It seems that separation of church and state don’t apply when the beneficiary is on the left.

  2. Neil says:

    It seems the one big reason for the renewed Ratana support for Labor was the selection of some maori wahine that is either the wife or a close relation to the current leader of the Ratana Church.
    Typical Labour party/Ratana co-operation.

  3. gravedodger says:

    Take a drive around the Ratana Village some time and form an opinion as to why the partnership has endured, I am at a total loss unless a basic plank of the movement is poverty.
    Mind you have not visited the area for some ten years, Auntie Helen may have made a difference.

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